When your brand is in production, all aspects of the supply chain need to be evaluated for standards, but doing this accurately can be tricky. With the number of factory workers in each facility, and so many moving parts, how do you attempt due diligence? Supply chain software and technology is expanding, and here's how they're changing production and making it easier for your factory.
What supply chain technology do we have today?
Transparency within factories has always been the goal. Star Garments (Pvt) Ltd is utilizing new tools and technology to show their factory's transparency. Blue Cherry's Shop Floor Control technology is making it easier for Star Garments factory to monitor their floors and ensure that their labor ethics are meeting the standards their workers deserve.
Online Clothing Study tells us, "These systems use RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) or Barcode technology for real-time information capturing. Information tracked via RFID readers (terminals) from the shop floor is processed through software and provides various real-time reports that help managing production. Most essential reports such as line balancing, WIP, individual operator performance, line performance, and employee earnings are available within a second."
What supply chain technology do we want to see?
We know the current labor certification process is not perfect it is the best we have. We envision a day where we can utilize technology to increase transparency similar to GlassDoor for factory workers. Every team member in the facility completes a anonymous survey of factory conditions, satisfaction, and pay in order to evaluate the social compliance. This means each factory must meet a certain grade level to be passed but it also provides more accessible transparency straight from the source. Who wants to build it?
Why does transparency matter?
Today's consumers are more interested in sustainable brands, but also the brands ethical standards within their factories. A survey done by CGS was able to find that 51% of consumers in the United States find that sustainability within the brands they're shopping at is important when shopping, and 30% said they would no longer shop with a brand if they knew the factories were not ethically certified. (Source: Sourcing Journal)
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